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Jefferson County agrees to accept grant money for DUI checkpoints

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department will soon have an additional $22,000 to find and stop drunken drivers. 

The county council agreed to accept $22,000 from the state. The Post-Dispatch reports the county only took the money on the condition that the funds be used for DUI checkpoints and not safety checkpoints. County residents argued earlier this year that safety checkpoints, which include checks for seat belt usage, violated their civil rights. The backlash was so great that the county rejected a grant in October that would have funded DUI and safety checkpoints.

The grant money will be split between covering the cost of officer overtime to man the checkpoints and equipment--such as road flares and safety vests. 

 

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